Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Our Explorers and the Bulletin Newsletter

Exploration Through Cultural Exchange – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world. The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.

Early in 1891, the eminent Curator-in-charge at the Academy of Natural Sciences invited interested men and women to join him in forming the Geographical Club of Philadelphia. A year later, Professor Angelo Heilprin (1853-1907)‘s new science club had over a hundred members from many walks of life. (“Society” replaced “Club” in 1897). The Charter of April 1893 summed up ambitious goals: the advancement of the science of geography and of geographical studies and exploration; the recording of discoveries; and the presentation of researches.

 

 

The Club supported a young naval civil engineer’s daring expeditions into the Arctic in 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1895. These led to the final expedition of 1908 and the news that Robert E. Peary had reached the North Pole. There were other Arctic connections. Outstanding achievements in geography have been honored since 1901 with gold medals presented by the Society to selected explorers and geographers.

 

 

COMING UP in 2022

March 30, 2022 A PANEL DISCUSSION: MODERN TRADE & BUSINESS COMPARED THE HISTORIC SILK ROAD

The Silk Road trade played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan, the Indian subcontinent, Iran, Europe, the Horn of Africa and Arabia, opening long-distance political and economic relations between those civilizations. Join us as we explore trade, culture, global citizenship; the modern day Silk Road.  

GLORIA DEI (OLD SWEDES’ CHURCH), THE OLDEST CHURCH OF PA

    • DR. MARCO AIRAUDO, DREXEL UNIVERSITY                 
    • DR. SAMUEL K. CHUEH, CITY OF PHILADELPHIA / DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE              
    • PROF. JUDY OKUN, ROWAN UNIVERSITY
    • Moderator: DR. BERRIN GUNER, ROWAN UNIVERSITY

presented in collaboration with Citizen Diplomacy International Philadelphia

 

APRIL 2022 MARCO POLO TRAVELOGUE PRESENTS: COLOMBIA, PANAMA, PARIS – REFLECTIONS on PSYCHOLOGY of HAPPINESS and TRAVEL at Rex at the Royal

    • Margaret Lonzetta (past president of GEO Society and past    vice president of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia 
    • Consul General of Panama Georgia Athanasopoulos 
    • Susan Stuber, Ph.D., and Jim Stuber, J.D.  

FALL 2022 GEO BOWL, at the UNIVERSITY OF  PENNSYLVANIA – a geography bee since 1984!

In 1984, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia began      sponsoring, under the aegis of the School District of Philadelphia, an annual scholastic competition known as Geography Bowl.  Assisted by their teachers, middle school students research a selected country or area in depth, then participate in a rigorous geography bee on such global topics. The imaginative and hands-on educational strategy of Geo Bowl has helped improve geographic literacy among students in the Philadelphia School District, and given them more spacious and clearer windows on the world.

Please contact Dilek Karabucak at geosocphil@gmail.com if your school is interested in signing up for this program. 

 

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2021 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Chief Astronomer of Franklin Institute, Dr. Derek Pitts

Some of Our Speakers

Kae Lani Palmisano is an Emmy Award-Winning television host, food and travel writer, recipe developer, and home cook who loves to explore the journey that food takes to get to the plate. As an “edutainer” her work focuses on having fun with food while educating audiences about where it comes from[…]

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People/Places/Perspectives

"I walk my own path". Create your own path, no matter what situation you're in… ✍️  📍 📸 (dǒuyīn ) © ZXS6666666 Posted @withregram • @nationaldestinations#nationaldestinations  #roadman #path #exploremore #explorereels #pathdaily #destiny #painter #designideas #streetphotography #streetart #artwork #artstagram #3dart #3d #creative #creativity #road #drawing #draw #igreels #reelsinstagram #reelit #reelvideos
"I walk my own path". Create your own path, no matter what situation you're in… ✍️ 📍 📸 (dǒuyīn ) © ZXS6666666 Posted @withregram • @nationaldestinations #nationaldestinations #roadman #path #exploremore #explorereels #pathdaily #destiny #painter #designideas #streetphotography #streetart #artwork #artstagram #3dart #3d #creative #creativity #road #drawing #draw #igreels #reelsinstagram #reelit #reelvideos
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Congratulations @polarpreet for making history as the first woman of color to complete a solo expedition in Antarctica! 700 miles in 40 days🙌🏻 Preet says:Hello everyone, checking in from day 40. I made it to the South Pole where it’s snowing. Feeling so many emotions right now. I knew nothing about the polar world three years ago and it feels so surreal to finally be here. It was tough getting here and I want to thank everybody for their support.This expedition was always about so much more than me. I want to encourage people to push their boundaries and to believe in themselves, and I want you to be able to do it without being labelled a rebel. I have been told no on many occasions and told to “just do the normal thing”, but we create our own normal. You are capable of anything you want. No-matter where you are from or where your start line is, everybody starts somewhere. I dont want to just break the glass ceiling, I want to smash it into a million pieces.Who’s with me?”#antarctica #breakingboundaries #inspire #thisgirlcan #expedition #polarpreet  #nothingisimpossible #explore #shattertheglassceiling #explore #geosocietyphila #since1891
Congratulations @polarpreet for making history as the first woman of color to complete a solo expedition in Antarctica! 700 miles in 40 days🙌🏻 Preet says: Hello everyone, checking in from day 40. I made it to the South Pole where it’s snowing. Feeling so many emotions right now. I knew nothing about the polar world three years ago and it feels so surreal to finally be here. It was tough getting here and I want to thank everybody for their support. This expedition was always about so much more than me. I want to encourage people to push their boundaries and to believe in themselves, and I want you to be able to do it without being labelled a rebel. I have been told no on many occasions and told to “just do the normal thing”, but we create our own normal. You are capable of anything you want. No-matter where you are from or where your start line is, everybody starts somewhere. I dont want to just break the glass ceiling, I want to smash it into a million pieces. Who’s with me?” #antarctica #breakingboundaries #inspire #thisgirlcan #expedition #polarpreet #nothingisimpossible #explore #shattertheglassceiling #explore #geosocietyphila #since1891
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@sciencechannel For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. 🛰️☀️#NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the #Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there.This movie shows data from the WISPR instrument on #ParkerSolarProbe. Credit: @NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Laboratory#explore #nasa
@sciencechannel For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. 🛰️☀️ #NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the #Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there. This movie shows data from the WISPR instrument on #ParkerSolarProbe. Credit: @NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Laboratory #explore #nasa
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Cheers to a gracious 2022!Posted @withregram • @neohumanity Happy New Year Everyone!  No reflection on 2021 … just moving on to 2022 😂🎊🎆🎈.#canon #teamcanon #shotoncanon #discoverla #newyear #happynewyear #newyearseve #losangeles #socal #california #timelapse #fireworks #firework #celebrate #2022 #resolution #dtla #city #light #nightphotography #longexposure
Cheers to a gracious 2022! Posted @withregram • @neohumanity Happy New Year Everyone! No reflection on 2021 … just moving on to 2022 😂🎊🎆🎈 . #canon #teamcanon #shotoncanon #discoverla #newyear #happynewyear #newyearseve #losangeles #socal #california #timelapse #fireworks #firework #celebrate #2022 #resolution #dtla #city #light #nightphotography #longexposure
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Congratulations Amy Schneider for winning her 21st round of #jeopardy #explorers category!Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the #Antarctic regions: the #Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1913. On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the #Antarctic Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. On the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, less than five weeks after Amundsen's South Pole expedition. #discoverearth #explore #geosocietyphila #geobowl
Congratulations Amy Schneider for winning her 21st round of #jeopardy #explorers category!Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the #Antarctic regions: the #Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1913. On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the #Antarctic Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. On the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, less than five weeks after Amundsen's South Pole expedition. #discoverearth #explore #geosocietyphila #geobowl
Congratulations Amy Schneider for winning her 21st round of #jeopardy #explorers category!Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the #Antarctic regions: the #Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1913. On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the #Antarctic Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. On the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, less than five weeks after Amundsen's South Pole expedition. #discoverearth #explore #geosocietyphila #geobowl
Congratulations Amy Schneider for winning her 21st round of #jeopardy #explorers category! Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the #Antarctic regions: the #Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1913. On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the #Antarctic Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. On the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, less than five weeks after Amundsen's South Pole expedition. #discoverearth #explore #geosocietyphila #geobowl
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A member of our Society Giovanna @discovermyitaly suggests the following. Enjoy! ✨ Giovanna's Favorites Series - Giovanna's Favorite Italian Movies and Their Locations❄️ SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION ❄️🎥  PARENTI SERPENTI (DEAREST RELATIVES, POISONOUS RELATIONS, by Mario Monicelli 1992)If you are in the right mood, this dark comedy will make you savor the Southern Italian Christmas spirit! Written and directed by famous movie director Mario Monicelli, the film showcases some of the most popular holiday traditions: bingo games, never-ending dinners, and Midnight Mass.An old couple invites their children and grandchildren to celebrate Christmas together in their family home in Sulmona, Abruzzo. After enjoying Christmas Eve dinner and playing bingo (tombola), a surprising announcement takes the whole family by surprise. The grandparents have decided to move in with one of their children, but the siblings must pick amongst themselves who is willing to take care of them.However, none of their four children seem to want to take on this responsibility!All of a sudden, the idyllic family scenes of holiday celebrations turn to grudges and resentments.Dark and entertaining, I'm sure you will like this one!📌 Locations In The Movie Worth Adding To Your Travel Bucket ListSulmona is one of the prettiest towns in the Abruzzo region with charm as massive as the surrounding mountains. Nested in the Apennines, it is the Italian capital of sugar-coated almonds, known as confetti. The streets of Sulmona are adorned with colorful confetti bouquets, which you can buy in every flavor imaginable.Sulmona is also known as the City of Love, particularly for Ovid’s work "Amores."Where: Sulmona (Abruzzo Region), 2 hour drive from Rome.📸 @gabriellaritratti#travel #wanderlust #travelgram #adventure #discovermyitaly #giovannasfavorites #italianmovies #italyinthemovies #italiancinema #giovannastips #thursdaytips #italiantreasures #weloveitaly #visititaly #traveltoitaly #italy #italian #inlovewithitaly #treasuresofitaly #italianvillages #abruzzo #sulmona
A member of our Society Giovanna @discovermyitaly suggests the following. Enjoy! ✨ Giovanna's Favorites Series - Giovanna's Favorite Italian Movies and Their Locations ❄️ SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION ❄️ 🎥 PARENTI SERPENTI (DEAREST RELATIVES, POISONOUS RELATIONS, by Mario Monicelli 1992) If you are in the right mood, this dark comedy will make you savor the Southern Italian Christmas spirit! Written and directed by famous movie director Mario Monicelli, the film showcases some of the most popular holiday traditions: bingo games, never-ending dinners, and Midnight Mass. An old couple invites their children and grandchildren to celebrate Christmas together in their family home in Sulmona, Abruzzo. After enjoying Christmas Eve dinner and playing bingo (tombola), a surprising announcement takes the whole family by surprise. The grandparents have decided to move in with one of their children, but the siblings must pick amongst themselves who is willing to take care of them. However, none of their four children seem to want to take on this responsibility! All of a sudden, the idyllic family scenes of holiday celebrations turn to grudges and resentments. Dark and entertaining, I'm sure you will like this one! 📌 Locations In The Movie Worth Adding To Your Travel Bucket List Sulmona is one of the prettiest towns in the Abruzzo region with charm as massive as the surrounding mountains. Nested in the Apennines, it is the Italian capital of sugar-coated almonds, known as confetti. The streets of Sulmona are adorned with colorful confetti bouquets, which you can buy in every flavor imaginable. Sulmona is also known as the City of Love, particularly for Ovid’s work "Amores." Where: Sulmona (Abruzzo Region), 2 hour drive from Rome. 📸 @gabriellaritratti #travel #wanderlust #travelgram #adventure #discovermyitaly #giovannasfavorites #italianmovies #italyinthemovies #italiancinema #giovannastips #thursdaytips #italiantreasures #weloveitaly #visititaly #traveltoitaly #italy #italian #inlovewithitaly #treasuresofitaly #italianvillages #abruzzo #sulmona
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